We feel like we say the same thing week in and week out, but tight end is among the most frustrating positions isn’t it? Just when we think someone has emerged as a trustworthy option they seem to vanish from the game plan while another surprising option rises. It’s a week-to-week juggling act, so let’s take a look at where things look to be falling for Week 3:
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Detroit
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Tampa Bay
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Pittsburgh
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Minnesota
- Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Seattle
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
- O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Giants
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Philadelphia
- Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Chicago
- Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New Orleans
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
- Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – at San Francisco
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
- Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at Dallas
- Trey Burton – Chicago Bears – at Washington
- Evan Engram was a bit of a disappointment in Week 2, especially given all of the injuries to the wide receiving corps, with 6 receptions for 48 yards. That doesn’t mean he isn’t going to rebound, and with the Buccaneers having allowed 14 receptions for 164 yards against opposing tight ends over the first two weeks there is reason for optimism. Continue to view him as a Top 5 option, even with Daniel Jones taking over as quarterback.
- The Eagles force fed Zach Ertz the ball in Week 2, as he turned 16 targets into 8 catches and 72 yards. With injuries up and down the receiving corps that’s something that should continue, placing him among the best options in the league once again.
- Over the first two weeks Greg Olsen has been among the most targeted tight ends in the NFL, turning 18 targets (behind Ertz and Engram) into 10 receptions and 146 yards. With a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, who have allowed the most points per game to opposing tight ends (17 receptions for 273 yards and 3 TD, including a monster debut for T.J. Hockenson), should help him continue to roll. In most weeks there is going to be more risk than reward, but given the opportunity and matchup it’s hard not to consider him among the better options.
- Speaking of Hockenson, after a huge Week 1 (6 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD) he disappeared in Week 2 (1 catch for 7 yards). Obviously you don’t want to get too high after one week and too low after another, but rookie tight ends often take time to adjust to the league. It’s very possible that the opening week performance was more due to the matchup than the upside, making him more of a risky TE1/upside TE2 option.
- Has there been a more disappointing tight end than O.J. Howard? He didn’t receive a single target in Week 2, after just 4 receptions for 32 yards in Week 1. A matchup with the Giants seems to fix all problems, however, and it’s not impossible that the team force feeds him the ball in order to get him on track. He’s hardly a must use right now, but he also isn’t a complete write off either. Consider him a borderline option.
- Will Jared Cook be an important safety valve for Teddy Bridgewater? Couple that potential with a matchup against the Seahawks, who have allowed 16 receptions and 2 TD to opposing tight ends, makes him a low-end TE1. Of course the Seahawks defense should continue to improve, with more time with Jadaveon Clowney, but the upside remains.
- For now consider Vernon Davis a potential option, but if Jordan Reed returns he’ll drop down the rankings slightly. Monitor the news as the games get closer.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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